ALBUQUERQUE and LOS ALAMOS, NM—Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories will jointly receive $75.8 million to construct the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT).

The Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy approved funding for two new buildings—a joint core facility in Albuquerque and a smaller gateway building in Los Alamos. From these facilities, researchers will have access to CINT’s equipment and to the resources of the two labs. Sandia will use part of an existing building for its gateway.

CINT is one of five new Nanoscale Science Research Centers being created by the Office of Science. Investment in these centers is the largest, current national investment into the U.S. scientific infrastructure. About $500 million was authorized for 2001, and $620 million has been authorized for 2002.

"The creation of CINT is not just a welcome new initiative in our research and development programs, but is the kickoff of what is likely to be an enduring quest. For several years, Sandia scientists and engineers have seen the possibility for ‘atoms-up engineering’—where we will be able to design and fabricate new materials beginning at the atomic level. CINT will help advance that research," says C. Paul Robinson, Sandia’s president.